Juneteenth is upon Black America.... So I have been told by our local news and newspapers...

What the hell is Juneteenth????

What is it all about???...

Why is there a Juneteenth???...

Why do Blacks celebrate Juneteenth???...

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I can understand the celebrating do to the freeing of the slaves - EP... But why celebrate it on the wrong date???... Why June 19th instead of the actual date of the EP ( January 1st )???... It doesn't make any sense!!!...

So the news of the EP did not reach Texas until "Juneteenth", that doesn't answer my inquiry as to why the celebrations are held on "Juneteenth" instead of January 1st...

I was under the impression that Juneteenth is a National celebration among all Black folks.... Is it only celebrated in Texas and here in Louisiana???... If so, then the "date" Juneteenth celebration makes sense....

Otherwise why not celebrate the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation instead...

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The Liberal/Progressive mantra: "We are the champions of diversity and opinions... We tolerate all beliefs, all religions, and all customs.......... Unless they disagree with ours!"
Whoopie,

As a born and bred Californian, having moved to Texas 8 years ago, I not only had the same questions when I moved here, but sad to say, still do for the most part! Although I've been given some answers to some of my questions, they're not really adequate for me; however, I will share with you what I have learned!

Just tonight, looking in the World Book Online site, they explained Juneteenth as a celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. That's the best one I've ever heard, and will take it because it at least hints at making some sense! smile It's not that it's a "national" celebration, but that a lot of Texans have moved and spread out all over this country ... and have taken their old customs with them! My people are from here, and for several years in Cali, I attended a Juneteenth picnic, though I never knew what it was for.

There seems to be no concrete reason why TX slaves didn't know they were free for 2 1/2 years. In fact, the south had surrendered and the whole civil war was over in April of 1865. But the forerunners are: the plantation owners withheld the info from their slaves; there were not enough Union soldiers to enforce the EP that far south; the Gulf of Mexico had been blocked off by Confederates, and that was the first opportunity for a Union ship to get in...etc.

I have no idea how it has lasted this long or become such a major event, but I figure, it's one holiday that is for black people, by black people and wholly centered around black people. You have to separate the concept from the conflict, and celebrate that. However/Whenever it ended, the point is that it did. And that, most definitely, is something to celebrate!
Juneteenth: the celebration of Emancipation

The African-American Male and Female Institute will be hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Milne Boys Home at 5420 Franklin Avenue. The theme of this 12th annual celebration will be "Come to The Family," and guest speakers will include Elder Ben Menes Robertson, Ph.d, Rev. Linda Tolbert Mosley, Minister John L.C. Mosley, Sr.

A Community Healing Circle will be held that will focus on several major discussion points; What are the major problems facing the African-American Community? What about the use of the B & H words and other popular slangs and Is it important to get a godd education?

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Councilamn Dist.D Marlin Gusman and Human Services Director Human Services Dr. Morris F.X. Jeff are also scheduled to attend.

Juneteenth is oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers entered Galveston, TX to proclaim that the institution of slavery in America had been outlawed. Though this announcement came two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, slowly making it's way cross-country from Washington D.C., a celebration was still to be had. Throughout the years, the holiday has been honored by the descendants of slaves and African-Americans across the nation. Celebratory events include prayer ceremonies, educational seminars, workshops, parties, barbecues and dances. 'Juneteenth' did not become an official holiday for Texans until January 1, 1980, and is now recognized as a state holiday in California, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma and Florida. Oregon, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Mississippi have all introduced legislation to have the holiday acknowledged.

Congress also officially recognizes Juneteenth, and thousands across the country are currently petitioning President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Last year, supporters attended the Washington Juneteenth 2001 National Holiday Observance at the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall and the U.S. Capitol on June 15-19 in Washington D.C. to urge President Bush to take action.

Louisiana Weekly

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The Liberal/Progressive mantra: "We are the champions of diversity and opinions... We tolerate all beliefs, all religions, and all customs.......... Unless they disagree with ours!"

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